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rlee7777 11-18-2007 06:05 AM

Wrist tendonitis -- does it ever really go away?
 
Couple of months ago I pulled a tendon in my wrist during a very aggressive slice serve (yes it was an ace!). Pain was centered in the fleshy part between the the thumb and forefinger leading to the wrist, especially painful on the forehand. Doc advised rest, ice, wrist brace, anti-inflammatories and slow rehab. With very little tennis, the wrist began to feel much better after several weeks. This past week I was lifting moderate weights curling the wrist to bring it back to strength. Restrung the racquets to make it TE and wrist friendly. All was looking good.

Last night I played one set of mens doubles. During the match all went well with no discomfort. A few hours later I feel stiffness in my wrist. This morning, the pain and stiffness is back.

Discouraging.

Will this heal fully someday?

Jackie T. Stephens 11-18-2007 07:25 AM

Stop playing for a while or your going to seriously overwork it, it sounds like to me that you need to build up some risk muscle.

Valjean 12-02-2007 07:41 AM

Do those wrist exercises you've grown fond of without weights now, and an emphasis on the motion(s) involved. Stretching at this point, after every use too, is everything.

Tennis-Chris 12-02-2007 08:28 AM

I Just Returned From The Same Injury...
 
When you say "several weeks" how many is that? You might want to consult a different doctor as well. The Doc I saw specializes in wrist injuries and I was off for two months. No tennis, no weights, not even ping pong.

At the end of two months I was then put on a regimen of very light weights (5-7 pound range) and gradually worked up from there. Lots of stretching with bands and hand grips. Total time away from the game was almost three full months but when I play today I am playing without pain and I have my full repertoire of shots at full strength. I have also regained confidence that my wrist is strong.:mrgreen:

rlee7777 12-02-2007 07:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Tennis-Chris (Post 1915155)
When you say "several weeks" how many is that? You might want to consult a different doctor as well. The Doc I saw specializes in wrist injuries and I was off for two months. No tennis, no weights, not even ping pong.

At the end of two months I was then put on a regimen of very light weights (5-7 pound range) and gradually worked up from there. Lots of stretching with bands and hand grips. Total time away from the game was almost three full months but when I play today I am playing without pain and I have my full repertoire of shots at full strength. I have also regained confidence that my wrist is strong.:mrgreen:


I think you are right. This injury will take a LONG time to heal and I may have rushed it with the weights. Might have to take a winter break from tennis, though THAT is a painful thought! Your post gives me hope. Thanks.

Tennis-Chris 12-02-2007 07:36 PM

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Originally Posted by rlee7777 (Post 1916210)
I think you are right. This injury will take a LONG time to heal and I may have rushed it with the weights. Might have to take a winter break from tennis, though THAT is a painful thought! Your post gives me hope. Thanks.

You're right about the difficulty and pain of not playing. It sucked. It was during this time that I bought Top Spin 2 for my XBoX and that was as close as I got to tennis. It was fun but it wasn't the real deal. Good luck and be patient.:mrgreen:

bluestreak711 01-08-2008 10:14 PM

get an x ray and make sure you didnt dislocate it even with mine dislocated it healed back and was playing again but after the first week of school and after writing for a week it started hurting me again and recently i retraced my steps the way it happened and gently stretched it until it popped back into place

Robbnc 01-10-2008 06:12 AM

If you really want to get back to playing faster you should check into
PROLOTHERAPY or PLATELET RICH PLASMA therapy.

chopstxnrice 02-06-2008 12:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Tennis-Chris (Post 1915155)
When you say "several weeks" how many is that? You might want to consult a different doctor as well. The Doc I saw specializes in wrist injuries and I was off for two months. No tennis, no weights, not even ping pong.

At the end of two months I was then put on a regimen of very light weights (5-7 pound range) and gradually worked up from there. Lots of stretching with bands and hand grips. Total time away from the game was almost three full months but when I play today I am playing without pain and I have my full repertoire of shots at full strength. I have also regained confidence that my wrist is strong.:mrgreen:

i have wrist tendonitis as well, pretty painful .. but here's my question, why did you decide on 2 months? Did it actually take that long for the pain to go away before you started rehab excercises? I ask because I was having pretty bad wrist pain last year but due to addiction and stupidity I played through it .. but now i've decided to rest it up and fix this problem. I've been off for almost 3 weeks, but the thing is my pain completely went away after about 2 weeks, even stretching my wrist around which previously was painful. Is it safe to begin light excercise?

topsltennis 02-07-2008 06:33 AM

Last week I had a nasty case of tendonitis on the inside part of my wrist going up the tendon of my foremarm. I posted about it on here. It was very painful for a few days- my wife even thought it looked broken with the swelling etc. - I had creaking in that you could easily hear and feel......I continued to play and teach and the last two days I am somehow pain free now. I can't explain it- I guess everyone is different in the way the body heals.

Fuzzy 02-07-2008 06:44 AM

similar question to chopstxnrice, i saw a specialist who of course told me to take several weeks off and gave me a prescription to a high dosage anti-inflammatory...problem is my TE only flares up during tennis....i never have any pain off the court...so how do i know if it's improved without going back on thr court...and in that case I could take a few weeks off go back on the court and be back at square one.

ohplease 02-07-2008 06:47 AM

What continues to help me is stretching and massage. I've found as I get older, my tendons and ligaments just aren't as supple as they used to be, and I really can't do anything about that. I can, however, do something about my forearm muscles. Martial arts inspired wrist stretches and foam rollers have done wonders to reduce tension in my forearm, and the resulting stress on my tendons and ligaments, both at the wrist and elbow.

chopstxnrice 02-08-2008 11:49 AM

interesting. Tennis-Chris can you respond? I'm interested in hearing your reasoning for waiting 2 months.

stormholloway 02-08-2008 11:57 AM

Make sure you're supplementing Glucosamine and Chondroitin while you're resting. This makes a considerable difference.

chopstxnrice 02-08-2008 12:55 PM

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Originally Posted by stormholloway (Post 2077397)
Make sure you're supplementing Glucosamine and Chondroitin while you're resting. This makes a considerable difference.

those are both important in osteoarthritis no? how does it help wrist tendonitis recovery?

byealmeens 11-01-2012 11:32 AM

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Originally Posted by rlee7777 (Post 1886978)
Couple of months ago I pulled a tendon in my wrist during a very aggressive slice serve (yes it was an ace!). Pain was centered in the fleshy part between the the thumb and forefinger leading to the wrist, especially painful on the forehand. Doc advised rest, ice, wrist brace, anti-inflammatories and slow rehab. With very little tennis, the wrist began to feel much better after several weeks. This past week I was lifting moderate weights curling the wrist to bring it back to strength. Restrung the racquets to make it TE and wrist friendly. All was looking good.

Last night I played one set of mens doubles. During the match all went well with no discomfort. A few hours later I feel stiffness in my wrist. This morning, the pain and stiffness is back.

Discouraging.

Will this heal fully someday?

Wondering if you have any suggestions for exercises and/or stretches. Mine seems to come and go - and I don't feel it while playing but it feels "stiff" and uncomfortable the next day.

floridatennisdude 11-01-2012 03:18 PM

I had pretty rough tendinitis a couple years ago. I never stopped playing or lifting. Just fought through the pain with Alleve and post match beers. Can't remember when it stopped hurting, but I'd say I've been pain free for a year.

This is not a recommendation. I was just a stubborn idiot. However, it did go away eventually.

LeeD 11-01-2012 03:33 PM

Not sure if modern medicine, or old school acupuncture/chiro, actually can help in every case of physical problems.
Lots of stuff we don't know. Everyone is different.
And I've experienced mysterious healing of ailments that I thought would stay with me forever.
Wrist tenderness, swelling.
Rotator cuff.
Knees swelling for little reason.
Ankle just not working...that I still have.

byealmeens 11-02-2012 09:04 AM

Anyone have any stretches or exercises to recommend? I saw a few posts but many of the links are no longer valid ...

Chas Tennis 11-02-2012 09:44 AM

This thread has information on wrist injuries -

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=422414&

This thread has information on tendinitis vs tendinosis - a very important distinction for the OP's question.

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=442912

Do you have tendinitis or tendinosis?

There are other threads that have general information on tendon injuries. They most often deal with tennis elbow and golfer's elbow.

Search tennis elbow, golfer's elbow and look at the tendon injury descriptions, illustrations, healing times, etc. especially in the CharlieFedererer replies.


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